Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sin City Justice


  • Merrick Garland will remain a judge and will not be the next FBI director. [KNPR]
  • The "Move Over" law is being updated to apply to all NDOT vehicles as well as NHP. [Las Vegas Sun]
  • A bill passed and is on to the governor that will allow transgender people to change their name without publishing former and new names in the paper. [RJ]
  • The Las Vegas Law show is changing its name to Sin City Justice. The new season will begin airing on June 8. [Multichannel News]
  • There is a family law bench/bar meeting tomorrow at noon. [eighthjdcourt blog]

35 comments:

  1. Change SCR 111 to stop making the SBN want to look so tough sending every DUI to the Supreme Court for a summary suspension with the Supreme Court has been REALLY clear that first offense DUI does not merit a summary suspension. It is a waste of time and money to keep doing something which results in no action, and everyone knows results in no action being taken.

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  2. So, I signed up for the Attorney Portal, the successor to Attorney corner, expecting to have to dish out $100/user, as the announcement said I would, and I got access to DAP without paying anything. For not at least. Don't know if that's normal behavior at this point, by sayonara, Wiznet.

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    1. But, you have to download each document you want to view, right? If not, please help me out, because I would gladly pay $100 to be able to view the entire document in the browser without downloading it.

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    2. Do you have a link to the Attorney Portal? I can't find it anywhere. Thanks.

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    3. Yeah, first page is in the browser. Everything else needs to be downloaded. It's not ideal.

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    4. I hope they fix that. But they won't.

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    5. Thanks, 10:49.

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  3. Today is also bar results day. First person to post the list gets a free hug.

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    1. What's the over/under on the pass rate?

      Law school applications are way down. Admissions are down too, but by a considerably lower percentage. The only conclusion that can be reached is that law schools are admitting progressively less qualified people (in order to keep the student loan money flowing in, but that's a different point). That should translate to a progressively decreasing bar passage rate, right?

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    2. 53% is my prediction.

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    3. $10 says its under 50%

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    4. Whew! I almost took that bet! Going to keep my $10 and buy some Luv-It frozen custard.

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    5. The custard has gone down hill ever since the divorce.

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    6. Yeah, the she-devil took the name and rode it straight into the dirt. I'd say go to Art of Flavors, but they're closed. Nielsens is where it's at these days.

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    7. Spill the dish on the whole back story behind Luv-It's demise.

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    8. http://www.eatinglv.com/2013/11/there-is-no-more-love-at-luv-it-custard/

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    9. I always wondered what happened to the Custard Nazi ("No custard for you!"). And it is good to see John is on this blog (even if anonymously).

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    10. Way to go Jason Naimi! Lost the family business for your client.

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    11. The talent behind Art of Flavors opened a shop called Gelatology down on Rainbow south of Warm Springs. It's as good, or better, than it was at Art of Flavors.

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  4. Given the credentials of those admitted to law school in recent years, the pass rate should be 40%. It will probably be around 49%, give or take a couple of points.

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    1. The Bar should have some balls and go back to having the exam once per year. Enough is enough.

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    2. Wow 11:17 AM, you must have a crystal ball! 49% pass rate, unofficial. What does that mean by the way, unofficial? That's like saying someone is "legally" blind. Are there those who are "illegally" blind? Should they be prosecuted? Sorry, stole that from Gaffigan. HOT POCKETS!!!!

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    3. Me thinks that 11:17 works at the SBN, the S.Ct. or somewhere that has advance access to the results list.

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  5. I'm surprised no one has mentioned the latest news in the April Parks debacle.

    http://www.fox5vegas.com/story/35447048/man-finds-27-urns-filled-with-human-ashes-in-henderson-storage-unit

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    1. Based on reading the Fox 5 article, April Parks was the legal custodian of the human remains and she had the legal right to store the urns in her storage unit. Of course, visitation by any existing family members would have been difficult during the time they were "resting" in the storage unit.

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    2. Odds that any of these people had relatives (or relatives close enough that they wanted graveside visits) are slim and none.

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  6. Regarding the comments yesterday about Matt Callister being involved in a MVA: https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/former-nevada-legislator-recovers-after-las-vegas-car-crash/

    Glad he's recovering. I saw the aftermath and it looked like the car was crushed.

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  7. Here is the unofficial pass list for the February 2017 Nevada Bar Exam. The unofficial pass rate is 49 percent. http://ow.ly/ckJf30bONEG

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  8. At the Family Law Bench Bars, the attorneys used to really barbecue and harshly criticize the judges at times. It is no longer as bad as that, but the attorneys still assume a real familiarity, act like they are at the very least co-equal colleagues with the judges, and on occasion pretty much issue to the judges the marching orders as to what the attorneys expect from the judges.

    And, most curious of all, the judges take it, and occasionally the judges go well beyond being respectful and accommodating. They sometimes actually act a bit fawning, overly ingratiating, and somewhat intimidated. Can't imagine why. Perhaps the Family Judges are overly concerned about re-election or their own perceived political vulnerability.

    All I know is that this type of behavior from attorneys would never be tolerated at Civil or Criminal Bench Bars. If the Family Judges want more respect, all they need do is control this type of interchange between the Bench and Bar a little better, and let it be known that differences of view point can be expressed without unduly disrespecting the judiciary. They need to set better boundaries.

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    1. Its because the number of top-notch Family practitioners who are on the Bench is almost nil. Ritchie was a good attorney. Duckworth was a good attorney. Giuliani was pretty good in practice. I give Sullivan a pass also; he is not fawning, he is just really polite. 15 out of 19 Judges never were accomplished family law practitioners before taking the Bench. And if you as a Judge do not believe that you can be voted off of the Family Court Bench, you have not been paying attention.

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    2. If they violate their oath of office and abandon their role as judges simply to avoid upsetting the bar and risking losing their position, they shouldn't have the position to begin with.

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    3. So true. Only ones with any degree of meaningful Family Law experience before taking the bench were Duckworth, Hoskin, Ritchie, Burton, Henderson, Hughes, Gentile and Harter. So, more than half of them had little or no experience. Sullivan and Teuton had significant experience, but not in terms of representing clients in Family Court, but Sullivan was a Hearing Master, which helps.

      But that leaves about half of them as having little or no experience in this arena,and that's scary.

      But the problem is not confined to Family Court. Attorneys who were exclusively civil practitioners are now on the bench and presiding on criminal cases, and vice versa.

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  9. Back in '81(moved here late '76) I needed a lawyer in the worst way. My ex made plans to move in with her folks in Indiana, taking our four year old son with her. I asked a friend of mine (Chief Deputy DA-meant nada to me then) what I should do. He gave me a business card (I'm reading it now) of an attorney and said he would call and grease the skids. The next morning I walked into the First Interstate Bank Building on East Carson and had my first meeting with George Foley, SR.

    The first words he had for my friend (Tom wasn't with me but had obviously called) were, "G_d dammit! I told Tom I'd rather have a murder trial than a custody case! I don't do these any more!!"

    My teachable moment came right after I started to answer his first question. "G_d dammit! When I ask you what time it is, don't build me a f@#$*&g watch!"

    First thing I needed was a restraining order to keep her from taking our son from Nevada. I didn't have much money but I borrowed what I needed for anything he recommended. Child investigative service in two states. Pat Coyne was the lead in Nevada and she also coordinated the investigation in Indiana.

    It took some time, I'm thinking months. We finally got to Family Court with Judge Babcock and as we sat down for our second appearance, George leaned over and whispered, "Judge Babcock is on dialysis and this doesn't look like a good day for him. I'm moving for a continuance".

    When we concluded, the judge remarked that we hadn't tore each other up, we each made our case for what we thought was best for the child and that rarely happened. I got custody and never asked her for a dime. She went to Indiana for a year and a half and came back. No jobs. She's still here.

    There is much more to this relationship but this will have to do. I hope this tale fits and revives "blog".

    Lurker Dick

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  10. Thanks Dick...good times! (Actually, really did enjoy the story)

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